Biography of John Mackenzie
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MacKenzie, John, was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, October 2, 1842. He is the son of John and Mary (Campbell) MacKenzie. His father died in 1885, and his mother in 1889. John went to sea at an early age and in 1859 settled in Boston, Mass., and learned the cooper trade. In 1860 he came to Troy and worked at his trade until August, 1861, when he enlisted in the Second New York Cavalry (Harris Light) and served over four years, during which time he was in prison over a year. When he was mustered out of service he located in Bath, N. Y., where he worked at his trade with Requa & Co. and their successors until 1868, and later with A. Widenhamer bought out the small refinery and carried on business until 1870 when he came to Troy, when he brought refined oil from Pennsylvania and barreled it on Green Island, and in 18'77 he took charge of the oil works on Green Island for the. Standard Oil Co. He operated in opposition to the Standard Oil Co. from 1890 until 1895, during which time oil was sold as low as four cents per gallon. The business is now conducted on Fulton street. He is an inventor of several appliances, among which are a rail joint and a floor oiler. He is commander of Post Tibbits, G. A. R., No. 141, and belongs to King Solomon's Lodge, F. & A. M. He has been a trustee and an elder of the First Presbyterian church of Watervliet since 1879. He married Lucretia A. Streeter, a daughter of Dr. Lorenzo Streeter of Albia. Their children are Morris S. and Charles H., who are connected with the oil works; and John A., on the police force in West Troy, N. Y.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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